A cape can be the superhero of your fall wardrobe, working relentlessly to save your office, weekend, and even after-hours looks from mundane territory. Of course, it’s all in the way you style the key piece. Since the trend can be tricky to master at first, we’re showing you five fresh outfit ideas to try now—no mask or special powers required.
5 Ways To Wear A Cape
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You may not be a caped crusader, but pulling off this outerwear essential is surprisingly easy. Whether it’s simply a cozy addition to season staples or doubles as a tuxedo jacket, you’ll be surprised at how versatile the cape can be in your daily mix. Keep reading to shop the look.
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For the weekend, embrace the outdoorsy aspect of a blanket cape with a slouchy knit hat and denim overalls. The look reads relaxed, yet still on trend.
Brixton Heist Beanie ($18) in Black; Ralph Lauren Black Label Laird Cape ($2,998) in Black Emerald; BDG Denim Overalls ($69) in Rinsed Denim; Joe’s Jeans Rolled Tux Tee Shirt ($88) in Cloud; Vince Camuto VC Signature Rekha Heels ($250) in Black Patent.
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Throw on a cozy knit cape in lieu of a chunky sweater. The poncho-esque piece serves as the ideal lightweight layer over worn-in denim and a swingy skirt.
Gap Sweater Zip Cape ($70) in Cashew Crunch; Levi’s Authentic Trucker Jacket ($58) in Rosebud Blue; M Missoni Knit Top ($495, 714.641.3170, similar style here); Surface to Air Plaid Tate Skirt ($250) in Black; HUE Basic Anklet Socks ($7) in Black; Coach Hattie Booties ($298) in Dark Ginger.
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A cape that hits below the knees mimics the drama of a menswear-inspired coat. When working with so much material, the key is to keep the items underneath simple and structured, hence, the crisp button-down and skinny jeans. To offset the look’s borrowed-from-the-boys feel, finish with a strong heel.
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For a modern play on the tuxedo suit, let a sleek black cape double as your blazer. Unexpected additions, like a felt hat and embossed pants, give your look that immediate cool factor.
Janessa Leone Angie Hat ($150) in Black; BCBGMAXAZRIA Upas Cape Jacket ($248) in Black; LNA Camino Chiffon-Trimmed Slub Jersey Top ($55) in White; Maje Combo Skinny Embossed Detail Pants ($390) in Black; Bones and Feathers Collective Fox + Chain Necklace ($165); Schutz Gilberta Pumps ($200) in Black.
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The timeless trench cape lends itself to a myriad of styling options, but our favorite is contrasting its classic nature with more daring, of-the-moment pieces. A patent leather skirt and leopard heels act as the ying to the coat’s very sophisticated yang.
Burberry Brit Cape ($1,195, similar style here); Tibi Color Block Turtleneck ($275) in Black; Iris & Ink Textured Vinyl Skirt ($130) in Black; Schutz Nina Heels ($220, 212.257.4366, similar style here)
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Cape Coat ($486) in Dark Navy Blue
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Leather-Trim Stretch Wool Cape ($495) in Grey Multi
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Animal Print Cape ($53)
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Capon Leather-Trimmed Cashmere Cape ($854) in Navy
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Hoodie Two PU Buckle Woolen Cape Coat ($79) in Grey
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Michael Michael Kors
Felted Wool-Blend Melton Cape ($295) in Navy
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Dark Shadow Cape ($779) in Black
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Checked Studio Cape ($269) in Black
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Nappa Cape ($3800) in Midnight Blue
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Ellsworth and Ivey
Homestead Cape ($495) in Amethyst